TRUSTe Celebrates Ten Years of Privacy Protection with Anniversary Gala in San Francisco


San Francisco, CA. – October 12, 2007 - TRUSTe, the nonprofit organization dedicated to consumer privacy, is celebrating its tenth anniversary with a gala event to be held October 22, 2007 at the de Young Museum in Golden Gate Park, San Francisco, CA. The event kicks off with a reception at 6:30 p.m. to be followed by dinner at 8:00 p.m., and includes presentations from Fran Maier, executive director, and other thought-provoking speakers and a chance for luminaries in the online privacy field to share ideas and network.

Originally conceived of by founders Lori Fena and Charles Jennings and other e-commerce privacy pioneers at Esther Dyson's 1996 PC Forum, TRUSTe was established to build confidence in emerging Internet business by protecting individual privacy. Internet power players such as AOL, Microsoft and IBM joined early on as sponsors in support of TRUSTe's mission. In 1999, the San Francisco-based non-profit opened its policy office in Washington, D.C. and became a leading voice influencing privacy regulations on a national scale.

Over the ensuing years, TRUSTe pioneered online privacy with seal programs including TRUSTed Email, the EU Safe Harbor Privacy Seal, Children's Privacy Seal, and TRUSTed Downloads. Internet users seeking help for privacy issues can obtain redress for individual complaints through the TRUSTe Watchdog dispute resolution system. In the past ten years TRUSTe has resolved tens of thousands of individual privacy related complaints with its sealholders.

Today, over 2,400 Websites are certified by TRUSTe and the seal has become the preeminent symbol of trust online, addressing privacy threats with practical approaches to consumer protection and trust. The gala event not only commemorates the accomplishments of the past decade, but it also examines changes in the privacy environment, and looks forward to solutions to combat emerging threats to consumer privacy for a healthier online ecosystem. To cap off the night, attendees will enjoy a performance by Moonalice, a band founded by Roger McNamee, venture capitalist and an early TRUSTe supporter. Complimentary transportation between the Westin St. Francis Hotel, location of the IAPP Academy, and the De Young Museum will be provided to all Gala guests.

About TRUSTe
TRUSTe is the leading global Data Privacy Management (DPM) company and powers trust in the data economy by enabling businesses to safely collect and use customer data across their customer, employee, and vendor channels. Our SaaS-based DPM Platform gives users control over all phases of data privacy management from conducting assessments and implementing compliance controls to managing ongoing monitoring. Our DPM Services, including assessments and certifications, are delivered by an expert team of privacy professionals. Thousands of companies worldwide rely on TRUSTe to minimize compliance risk and protect their brand.